Sean Astin com­ing to FanCon

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - Frank PEE­BLES Ci­ti­zen staff fpee­bles@pgc­i­t­i­ ASTIN

The world has watched Sean Astin grow up right be­fore it moviego­ing eyes.

Now Prince Ge­orge fans can watch him on stage and in per­son at North­ern FanCon this spring.

It wasn’t his first screen ap­pear­ance, but his global star got lit by the youth­ful clas­sic The Goonies. Prov­ing his top billing po­si­tion was well founded, he then cat­a­pulted to another level as the epony­mous lead in the sports movie clas­sic Rudy.

Ev­ery en­dur­ing star needs a fran­chise and Astin got his when he trans­lated his car­ing charisma into the beloved char­ac­ter Sam­wise Gamgee, the loyal and brotherly com­pan­ion to Frodo. Astin was a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence in that spec­tac­u­lar Lord of the Rings se­ries.

Any screen per­son­al­ity could call it a stel­lar ca­reer on the strength of those three cred­its alone, but Astin has been one of the most hard­work­ing ac­tors in the craft. He played real-life coach Kent Stock in the baseball film Fi­nal Sea­son, he was Drew Bar­ry­more’s mus­cle-head brother in 50 First Dates, got in on 10 of the hours in sea­son five of 24, voiced the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter in the an­i­mated kids’ se­ries Spe­cial Agent Oso, was one of the sup­port­ing leads in the Luke Perry TV ve­hi­cle Jeremiah, had a re­cur­ring part in the sci-fi se­ries The Strain, he has fre­quently been the voice of Raphael in var­i­ous Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tle in­car­na­tions, and has done the same with su­per­hero Shazam.

Astin is get­ting yet another bulge in his ca­reer pop­u­lar­ity right now, as Bob Newby in ar­guably the hottest tele­vi­sion se­ries on the tube these days, the Net­flix hit Stranger Things. Half the city will be glued to Net­flix to see him and the preter­nat­u­ral teens in the new sea­son, which de­buted Fri­day.

The veils of night­mares, dreams, and cel­lu­loid will va­por­ize and let Astin and the lo­cal com­mu­nity see and hear each other in the flesh from May 11-13. Astin will be avail­able for pho­tos and au­to­graphs, do a live in­ter­view on the CN Cen­tre stage, and in­fuse FanCon with his trade­mark charm.

Astin will be joined by other celebrity guests like Bat­tlestar Galac­tica’s Michael Ho­gan (back by pop­u­lar de­mand from his ap­pear­ance at the inau­gu­ral FanCon event), plus cult su­per­star ac­tor/di­rec­tor Kevin Smith (Smith will host a live episode of his blog Fat­man on Bat­man along­side co-host Marc Bernardin the pop cul­ture writer).

Tick­ets are on sale now at the web­site.

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